Possible Move

I am contemplating making a move.

No, not a move in terms of where I live or a job or anything like that. I am thinking about moving this site to a new address.

In fact, the other site is already up and running, however I just haven’t decided if I want to start focusing totally there or if I should just keep focusing here at 150 North. I think the big reason is that I don’t think that the 150 North idea is representative of me personally.

My new site is called Musically Speaking. The new address is linked to that title and if you like you can also type in the actual address which is musicallyspeaking.wordpress.com

Let me know what you think. It looks just like this site although so far I like the title and theme a little better over there.

Recharging in the Dungeon

So after a long week of about 50 hours of work, I had one short day off to try to recover before jumping back into the rat race and doing it all over again.

That day off was ever too short, however there were a couple of things going on that may have helped me recharge a bit….in spite of the nasty cold that has settled in on me this morning.

Last night I got a call from my Attaboy bandmate, Than, asking me to come over to his place to lay down a drum track to a song that he and I had started to work on a couple of years ago. I decided that would be a good time so off I went to the famous, well not really famous to anyone other than those involved, “Dungeon” studio. The studio consists of Than hooking up some minor amounts of sound gear to his mac and recording directly into there. It’s nothing fancy mind you, but it gets the job done. The task at hand is getting our musical ideas down so we can continue to polish up the music we have created so that someday maybe we will try to do something with it.

So I headed over and spent a couple hours finishing a my part for the song and then today went over to work on another old song of his to see if we could give it some new life, although it was pretty much good to go how it was before. If nothing else it was a good excuse to play and get a little more practice recording to a click track, which takes some getting used to when you are used to being the one dictating the tempo. Overall though I don’t feel too bad about how things went there. A few minor hiccups along the way, but nothing a retake or two wouldn’t clean up.

Playing music always help me feel a little more energized, especially when it is not simply learning other peoples’ music.

The other little side note is more on the thinking side and I can’t help but feel I may have stumbled upon a simple yet important lesson in life. All too often when something bad happens in life you will hear people start to question and call out God saying things such as “How could God let this happen to me?” or “I can’t believe that if there was a God he would let something like this happen.”, maybe even the simple phrase of “God, why are you putting me through this?”.  So over the last few days I have been thoroughly enjoying reading a Daily Devotion Book for Men that I got for Christmas and suddenly the answer to those questions seemed to become clear to me, even though it was right there in the Bible for all to see. In the book they were quoting passages from the book of Isiah which were relating to how God helps up find Him again when we start to stray. To sum it up there were a few passages over the last few days that basically show that when we start to stray from God and become like tarnished silver, he cleanse us and bring us closer by “melting down the silver and skimming the slag off the surface, so that we are once more pure, untarnished silver”. Simply put, when he puts us through those difficult times it is so that our faith in Him can become even stronger and we can shake free of the crap that has built up inside of us, no longer losing sight of our relationship with Him. It doesn’t happen automatically though, being closer to God after a rough spot in life. You would have to think of it more as an opportunity to be closer to God, to re-establish that relationship.

Essentially, those rough and difficult times in life are a warning that we are starting to stray from Him and are really a second chance to be closer with God.

I realize there are some situations where a person seems to live a very faithful life and bad things still happen, so maybe this doesn’t apply to every bad situation, but I know personally there have been some things over the last few years that have happened to me where I felt like a victim and couldn’t understand why all of these things were happening to me. I can look back now and see that they allowed me to build a stronger relationship with God and strengthen my Christian faith, if not gain a little wisdom along the way.

Take from it what you will, but it’s an idea that seems to make sense to me.

Happy New Year To All!

I hope you all have had a fantastic Holiday Season and now that the New Year, 2008, has arrived, I hope we all have a tremendous year!

The posts have been few and far between here in December and I know I have received a few comments on it. Hopefully January will be a little less hectic, at least on the personal life side of things, and I will have a greater opportunity to sit down and write some more. I have a few things to cover in a couple of posts, some things that have been requested of me, since I have been being so lazy with writing here lately. I hope to get to these things in the coming days.

Since my last post there has been so much happening. From awesome concerts to traveling to be with family, new babies being born to birthday parties and other family gatherings, even my band was in action and we all had to deal with the roads that have been often times very slick and treacherous due to all the snow we seem to keep getting.  It’s been busy and exhausting to say the least and now that the hectic times seem to be wrapping up personally, January is the busiest month of the year at work. We have our huge push in January to start the year off with a big bang and it is going to mean some long, busy days at the office. Seems things will stay busy after all.

In the midst of all of that I have been giving some thought to if I want to commit to a New Years Resolution or two. I typically don’t partake in that yearly ritual, but I have a few goals I would like to achieve and just have not decided how badly I want to reach them and when I want to start trying. A couple ideas for my “resolution” are making a commitment to practice music for at least 1 hour a day/3-4 days per week, eating dinner at home a minimum of 4 times per week, setting up an aggressive savings plan to get rid of existing debt as soon as possible, sitting down to write for at least a little while every single day, or even just continuing to get stricter with myself on following my weight loss plan that I had started back in December.

I have almost too many different options and I am not sure what I want to really focus on. Maybe I should get extra ambitious and just focus on all of them at once. Make this year a bit of a step in a new direction. As backwards as it sounds you could say I am changing things up to break the routines I am in now, by essentially creating new routines that are a little more refreshing. Maybe not so much as changing routines to create new ones, more of a refinement process of my current routines to get rid of wasted time and get more out of my free time.

Now when I say that, I don’t mean in terms of relationships between Omega and I, my family and I or any of my friends and I. When I am talking about breaking out of current routines I am talking about things like watching less TV so I can have more time to spend getting better with an instrument, be it drums, guitar or even my newest thought of teaching myself to play piano. I just wanted to make that clear because I can honestly say that I am extremely satisfied and happy with how all of my relationships are sitting right now and I wouldn’t change a thing in that department. In those regards I am a very, very blessed man to have such an amazing wife, wonderful family and a strong inner circle of friends that are very supportive no matter what I want to do.

Anyhow, I just wanted to wish you all a Happy and Amazing New Year!

Let’s all look forward to big things in 2008!

Ispiration Everywhere

This morning while I was getting ready for work, thinking about how much I didn’t feel like going into work today, I recieved an inspiring message from an unlikely source. It made me realize that no matter how un-inspired or motivated you may be feeling, you can find motivation or inspiration just about everywhere…..all you have to do is keep your eyes open for it and be willing to actually see it.

So my uplifting message for today is simple: If you are looking for a little motivation all you need to do is keep your eyes open so you see it and keep your mind and heart open to recieve it. Basically be willing to be inspired from any sources, no matter how strange the source may be.

Oh yeah, my morning inspiration today……it came from the little cap that imprints on the very top of my new stick of deodorant that I opened. You know the little plastic cap under the actual cap? It had the phrase”Embrace Challenge” etched into it, which in turn imprinted that phrase onto the very top of the new stick of deodorant.

I told you, inspiration is everywhere and can show itself from anywhere!

Keep the spirits up and have a great holiday season!

Hunters Eve…

Well at least it is the eve of the upcoming deer season which opens up tomorrow morning at daylight.

I would think that something that is such a big event should have a proper “Eve” name of some sort attached to it. We have Christmas Eve and New Years Eve….so why not Big Buck Eve or Shooters Eve…..

Maybe more commonly it could be called….I Missed The Big One Eve….or maybe “Honestly, I was shooting at that big buck but this fawn must have stepped in front of it Eve”….or how about I didn’t even see a squirrel Eve.

No matter what you want to call it, tonight is the Eve of my favorite time of year, the much anticipated Northern Minnesota Whitetail Deer Season Opener.

I know, I know….I’ve talked a lot about that lately….and I will talk about it more as the season goes on. But what can I say other than that it is my blog so I can write what I want! haha

I made it through the week. At least the last couple days went by fairly quickly since I was on a pretty good selling streak at work, plus things were a bit hectic because my car was in the shop…..again….

For those of you that don’t know, I haven’t had my car for the whole month of October as there was a problem with the ignition switch or something. I just got that back on Monday of this week and when I went to go hang out with Dad, Caleb and Luke on Thursday evening it wouldn’t start again at first. So it went back into the shop today and I found out that on top of the ignition switch that went bad it needed a new battery…

Fun, fun…..

Oh well, it seems that all is well again with the old Daewoo and I am now all set for the season opener tomorrow morning.

Which means it’s off to bed for me…I always have trouble falling asleep on this night, but hopefully I am able to just sort of conk out with huge bucks dancing through my dreams.

 I’ll keep you updated on how the season goes.

Wish me luck!

Another one for the books

It seems that our states streak of having crummy weather on Halloween has held true for yet another year.

Even though it wasn’t like some of the memorable ones of the past, such as the Halloween Blizzard of 1991, it was again cold and miserable outside for all of those trick or treaters.

Today kind of had it all, chilly temps with frigid winds. Occasional bouts of sunshine. A lunchtime snow shower that lasted for about an hour here in Hibbing and of course some menacing and dramatic cloudy skies.

As I sat at work today, still counting the minutes till the deer season opener, I listened to customer after customer come in and exclaim how crummy the weather was or how awful it is that every year it seems like Halloween day brings nasty, cold and usually damp weather.

On the way home from work a thought occured to me…

Isn’t this type of weather perfect for a day such as Halloween? A day built around scary costumes and frustratingly annoying pranks. A day where the movie industry will cash in on a huge scale that is only reached a few times each year, both with new release horror movies such as Saw 4 and 30 Days of Night on the big screen as well as the mad rush of people trying to find a couple of their favorite horror movies at rental stores nation wide. This day is all about scary, creepy and miserable things. The one day a year where people have fun feeling at least a little bit of the shocking sensation of terror.

I think it is fitting that on a day built up to be the “scariest day of the year”, no not the day your taxes are due, I’m talking about “All Hallows Eve” (Halloween). It’s fitting that the weather responds accordingly to help set the mood for fright, terror and misery. Besides, no matter how cold and cranky the parents get, those little ghouls and goblins that are out trick or treating never seem to mind the poor weather conditions.

They have one thing on their mind, which is coming home with a big, fat bag of candy that they can proceed to feast on for the next few days/weeks/months, depending on how bountiful the loot was.

So I, for one, embrace the annual streak of having crazy, crummy weather on Halloween.

Do you?

*plus, now that Halloween is all but over, that means there are only 2 days left until the biggest half a month of the year!

The Longest Week

Starting tomorrow, well midnight tonight to be exact, the beginning of one of the longest weeks of the year.

The week before deer season.

It is of course a week that I will spend at work, watching the clock and counting the minutes, until Saturday morning when I will wake up at around 3:30 or 4:00 am and head out for the opening morning hunt. Sounds pathetic to those of you who don’t hunt, I know. But for those of you that do hunt, I’m sure that you can relate.

Of course, with the onset of the upcoming deer season that will mean that once again I will have the required season “box score”/updates of how the hunt is going.

As for now, I need to wrap this up and then get my tired self up to bed. It was a pretty exhausting weekend which included another dose of Attaboy. If you don’t know what Attaboy is head over to www.attaboyrocks.com and check it out. It was a good time for all, as usual. Of course that also meant that I was up at around 8 or 9 am Saturday morning and didn’t even park my car outside of my house until about 3 in the morning. As I get a little older I find that my bedtime seems to want to creep earlier and earlier into the night.

Anyhow….as you can tell by that last bit of rambling from one subject to the next, I am tired.

Talk to you soon.